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Thursday, October 15, 2015

'Contested and Entangled Histories' Presentation November 19

Native American Heritage MonthSALISBURY, MD---Dr. Buck Woodard inaugurates Salisbury University’s fourth annual Native American Heritage Month celebration with a presentation on Thursday, November 12.

His talk, “The Return of Indian Nations to the Colonial Capital: Heritage Relationships, Indigenous Pilgrimage and the Production of Native Public History,” is 6 p.m. in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall. A reception follows.

A cultural anthropologist, Woodard teaches in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of World Studies’ anthropology program. In his presentation, he shares his experiences as director of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s American Indian Initiative.

He discusses the challenges and thrills of designing a Native historical interpretation program in the colonial capital, his application of cultural anthropology to his public history work and his work with tribal communities.

Also as part of the series, SU students in Dr. Céline Carayon’s Native American History course discuss the results of the semester’s research projects on tribal histories as sites of contested memory.

Their presentation, “Contested and Entangled Histories: Taking Action in the New Millennium,” is 6 p.m. Thursday, November 19, also in the Great Hall. The project seeks to promote a more accurate, culturally sensitive and civic-minded approach to Native American history to foster a better appreciation and integration within U.S. history.

Sponsored by the Public Humanities Program, Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts and the History Department, admission to both presentations are free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website at

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